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ERASED, known in Japan as Boku dake ga Inai Machi (僕だけがいない街, lit. The Town Without Me), is a Japanese fantasy thriller seinen manga series written and illustrated by Kei Sanbe, which was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Young Ace magazine between June 4, 2012 and March 4, 2016 and is licensed in English by Yen Press.[3][4] An anime adaptation by A-1 Pictures aired on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block between January 8, 2016 and March 25, 2016, and a live action film was released on March 19, 2016. A live-action drama series was released by Netflix on December 15, 2017.[5]

ERASED
Boku Dake ga Inai Machi vol1.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume
僕だけがいない街
(Boku dake ga Inai Machi)
Genre Fantasy, mystery,[1] psychological thriller
Manga
Written by Kei Sanbe
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
English publisher Yen Press
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Young Ace
Original run June 4, 2012March 4, 2016
Volumes 8 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Tomohiko Itō
Produced by Kenta Suzuki
Taku Matsuo
Written by Taku Kishimoto
Music by Yuki Kajiura
Studio A-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Original network Fuji TV (Noitamina)
English network
Original run January 8, 2016March 25, 2016
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Live-action film
Light novel
Boku dake ga Inai Machi: Another Record
Written by Hajime Ninomae
Illustrated by Kei Sanbe
Published by Bungei Kadokawa
Original run November 2015March 2016
Volumes 1
Manga
Boku dake ga Inai Machi: Re
Written by Kei Sanbe
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Young Ace
Original run June 4, 2016November 4, 2016
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A spin-off manga series following the lives of Satoru's friends was published between June 4, 2016 and November 4, 2016.[6] A spin-off novel series by Hajime Ninomae was released in Kadokawa's Bungei Kadokawa magazine between November 2015 to March 2016.

Contents

PlotEdit

The story follows Satoru Fujinuma, a young man who somehow possesses an ability known as "Revival" that sends him back in time moments before a life-threatening incident, allowing him to prevent it from happening again. When his mother is murdered by an unknown assailant, Satoru's ability suddenly sends him back eighteen years prior to when he was still in elementary school, giving him the opportunity to prevent a kidnapping incident that took the lives of three of his childhood friends, two classmates and one young girl studying at a school nearby.[7]

CharactersEdit

 
The four main characters of ERASED (from left to right): Airi Katagiri, Kayo Hinazuki, Sachiko Fujinuma and Satoru Fujinuma (29 years old) (Background)
Satoru Fujinuma (藤沼 悟, Fujinuma Satoru)
Voiced by: Shinnosuke Mitsushima (adult), Tao Tsuchiya (child) (Japanese); Ben Diskin (adult), Michelle Ruff (child) (English)
Played by: Tatsuya Fujiwara (adult, film), Tsubasa Nakagawa (child, film), Yuki Furukawa (adult, drama),[8] Reo Uchikawa (child, drama)[8]
Satoru is a 28-year-old (29 in the anime, drama, and film) manga artist who also works part-time as a deliveryman at Oasi Pizza. Many years ago after he was born, his father left him and his mother, which is the reason why he lives in a single parent home. He possesses an ability he called "Revival," which would bring him back to a time before a life-threatening incident would occur and allow him to prevent it. When his mother was murdered for noticing a serial kidnapper in action, his "Revival" triggered and he was brought back 18 years back, around the time the same kidnapper had killed two young girls and a young boy in his hometown, two of whom were his classmates. Satoru eventually attempts and succeeds in preventing the original three victims from their deaths, which drives the kidnapper to attempt to drown Satoru in a frozen lake for thwarting his plans. Fifteen years later, Satoru wakes up from a coma to realize he had lost some of his memories, including the real kidnapper's identity. He eventually regains his memories and stops Yashiro, allowing him to move on and achieve his lifelong dream of being a popular manga artist. Back in his childhood, he was a huge fan of the fictional series "Fight Wonderman!".
Airi Katagiri (片桐 愛梨, Katagiri Airi)
Voiced by: Chinatsu Akasaki (Japanese); Cherami Leigh (English)
Played by: Kasumi Arimura (film), Mio Yuki (drama)[8]
Airi is a high school student and Satoru's friendly co-worker at Oasi Pizza. She became involved with Satoru when she witnessed oddities such as when Satoru managed to save people from certain life-threatening situations. Airi was one of the few who decided to trust Satoru when he was framed for his mother's murder, putting her life in danger when the kidnapper sets her home ablaze. Satoru believes she is Kayo's reincarnation, as they both share the same catchphrase: Baka na no? (バカなの, lit. Are you stupid?) In the manga, Airi is the key to unlocking Satoru's lost memories. Throughout the events of the story, Satoru decides that he will have never met Airi in the future, but the two eventually reunite under a bridge at the end of the series.
Kayo Hinazuki (雛月 加代, Hinazuki Kayo)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki (Japanese); Stephanie Sheh (English)
Played by: Rio Suzuki (film), Rinka Kakihara (drama)
Kayo is one of Satoru's primary school classmates, and one of the original victims of the serial kidnapping case 18 years ago. She was saved due to Satoru's attempt to stop the kidnapper through his "Revival". By befriending Kayo and making sure that she ceased being a loner, Satoru made her a difficult target for the kidnapper. It is implied Kayo has minor romantic feelings for Satoru through hand-holding. When Satoru wakes up from his coma, Kayo has married Hiromi, taken his surname, and has given birth to a son recently, Mirai, seen when she visits the hospital. The two worry about whether it is okay to be happy with Satoru having been in his coma. Satoru then gives the two his blessing.
Sachiko Fujinuma (藤沼 佐知子, Fujinuma Sachiko)
Voiced by: Minami Takayama (Japanese); Sara Cravens (English)
Played by: Yuriko Ishida
Sachiko is Satoru's mother and former news announcer; her husband left the family many years ago, which the reason why she had to raise Satoru on her own. She possesses a sharp eye and is quick to observe any irregularities. She knows about the cold cases of serial kidnapping in her town, but decided to keep quiet and ignore it due to her child's growth and safety. However, after having eye contact with the criminal at his latest kidnapping attempt, she was silenced and killed by the kidnapper. This event triggered Satoru's 18 year "Revival". In the changed timeline, Satoru expresses his gratitude to Sachiko as a child more often, and she takes care of him daily during his coma.
Kenya Kobayashi (小林 賢也, Kobayashi Ken'ya)
Voiced by: Yō Taichi, Tasuku Emoto (adult) (Japanese); Erica Mendez, Xander Mobus (adult) (English)
Played by: Seiji Fukushi
Kenya is one of Satoru's primary school classmates who has a strong sense of justice and is very mature for his age. He is an aspiring lawyer who has a keen eye, and noticed abnormalities due to Satoru acting much more mature than he was after "Revival". Kenya offered a lot of help to Satoru in stopping the possible kidnapping attempts. As a result of what transpired during Satoru's "Revival", he becomes a lawyer who is still in search of the real kidnapper 15 years later.
Hiromi Sugita (杉田 広美, Sugita Hiromi)
Voiced by: Akari Kitō, Atsushi Tamaru (adult) (Japanese); Christine Marie Cabanos, Kyle McCarley (adult) (English)
Hiromi is one of Satoru's primary school classmates who appears feminine even though he is a boy. He is one of the original victims of the serial kidnapping case. Hiromi was killed in order to lead the police into thinking that the suspect did not know that Hiromi was male. He also participated in Satoru's attempt in stopping the kidnappings. He is married to Kayo 15 years later with a son, Mirai. The two worry about whether it is okay to be happy with Satoru having been in his coma. Satoru then gives the two his blessing.
Osamu ()
Voiced by: Ayaka Nanase (Japanese); Ryan Bartley (English)
Osamu is one of Satoru's primary school classmates. He wears glasses and follows Kenya around.
Kazu (カズ)
Voiced by: Yukitoshi Kikuchi (Japanese); Bobby Thong (English)
Kazu is one of Satoru's primary school classmates. He is much taller and heavier than the rest of Satoru's friends, and goes out of his way to appear "masculine". Although he plays no role in saving Kayo, he does save Aya, who is seemingly attracted to his manliness after being uninterested in Kazu's other friends.
Aya Nakanishi (中西 彩, Nakanishi Aya)
Voiced by: Sayaka Kaneko (Japanese); Corina Boettger (English)
Aya is a perfect student studying at Izumi Primary near Satoru's primary school, and is one of the original victims of serial kidnapping. She befriends Satoru's friends through Kazu, which prevented her from being kidnapped.
Jun Shiratori (白鳥 潤, Shiratori Jun)
Voiced by: Takahiro Mizushima (Japanese); Max Mittelman (English)
Played by: Kento Hayashi
Jun is a stuttering food delivery worker who lived in Satoru's hometown, and would often approach lone students around his house. He and Satoru play with paper airplanes. Because he advises the lonely children to be more "courageous" and make more friends, he is nicknamed "Yuuki" (which means courage). He was originally framed as the killer of the three kidnapped students in the town and sentenced for murder. In the alternate timeline, he has moved to an unnamed South East Asian country to start his business and has a wife and children by the time Satoru awakens from his coma.
Gaku Yashiro (八代 学, Yashiro Gaku)
Voiced by: Mitsuru Miyamoto (Japanese); David Collins (English)
Gaku is Satoru's homeroom teacher during his youth and the closest thing he had to a father figure-(later revealed to be the series main antagonist). Later on in the series, he is revealed to be the real kidnapper and serial killer behind the scenes; he's also known for wearing black leather gloves on his hands and has a tendency to tap his index finger on hard surfaces-(steering wheel, wall, Satoru's wheelchair, etc). After Satoru attempted to stop his actions, Gaku decided to drown Satoru by locking him in his car and plunging it into a frozen lake, resulting in Satoru's 15 year coma. In the 15 years since, he became a politician and changed his name to Manabu Nishizono, a name that he had stolen from one of his victims. He eventually reveals that his compulsion-(obsession) to killing came from his childhood, in which his older brother forced him to help him rape young girls. After his brother accidentally killed one of his victims, Yashiro discovered he had the ability to see spider threads hovering above a person's head that, when cut, would cause the person to commit suicide. He eventually became obsessed with understanding death as a result of his power, and decided to use his students and other children as test subjects. He is eventually caught by Satoru and arrested, confessing to over thirty murder cases and being sentenced to death as a result.
Akemi Hinazuki (雛月 明美, Hinazuki Akemi)
Voiced by: Akemi Okamura (Japanese); Carrie Keranen (English)
Akemi is Kayo's abusive mother. Though it is heavily hinted that she might have something to do with Kayo's disappearance and later her murder she actually has nothing to do with the incident aside from keeping quiet about the disappearance itself. It is later learned that she is abusive towards Kayo as a way to cope with her own abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband when younger and later her lovers. After her abusive nature is revealed to the public, she loses all of her parental rights while her daughter Kayo is taken into custody by the police to live with her grandmother.
Misato Yanagihara (柳原 美里, Yanagihara Misato)
Voiced by: Hina Kino (Japanese); Mela Lee (English)
Misato is another classmate of Satoru and Kayo. She has a strong dislike for Kayo, and she often likes to pick on her; she's been on bad terms with Kayo since the third grade when Kayo threw her favorite mechanical pencil out of the window, because Misato kept making fun of her pencils. One day when the entire class's lunch money went missing; she accused Kayo of stealing the money until Satoru stood up for Kayo and angerly told Misato to not bully Kayo anymore. Because of the incident, Kayo was no longer being bullied and Misato became isolated from her classmates.
Kumi Kitamaru (北丸 久美, Kitamaru Kumi)
Voiced by: Reika Uyama
Kumi is a nine year old patient who suffers from leukemia and was staying in the same hospital that Satoru was at. She's due to have surgery to get some bone marrow from her older sister; she watched Satoru go through physical therapy, encouraging him to try harder. Gaku planned on killing her in a way to frame Satoru for murder once again; however, he underestimated Satoru and finally got caught by the police. A year later, she is fully recovered and plans to go to summer camp around August 26.

MediaEdit

MangaEdit

The original manga, written by Kei Sanbe, was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Young Ace magazine in between June 4, 2012 and March 4, 2016.[9] The first tankōbon volume was released in Japan on January 26, 2013,[10] with seven volumes published as of December 26, 2015.[11] The series is licensed by Yen Press, who released the first volume in February 2017.[12] The Yen Press hardcover editions combine two of the original volumes per book, while their ebook editions match the original volume numbering. The series is licensed in France by Ki-oon.[4] Sanbe wrote a spin-off manga titled Boku dake ga Inai Machi: Re in Young Ace from June 4, 2016 to November 4, 2016.[6] It focused on the lives of Satoru's friends while he recovered from his coma.

VolumesEdit

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 January 26, 2013[13] ISBN 978-4-04-120557-0 February 21, 2017[14] ISBN 978-0-316-55331-5
  • 01. "Life Flashing Before Your Eyes, May 2006"
  • 02. "Death Row Convict, May 2006"
  • 03. "Grim Reaper, May 2006"
  • 04. "Attempted Kidnapping, May 2006"
  • 05. "The True Culprit, May 2006"
  • 06. "Fugitive, February 1988"
2 June 2, 2013[15] ISBN 978-4-04-120701-7 February 21, 2017[14] ISBN 978-0-316-55331-5
  • 07. "Lost Time, February 1988"
  • 08. "The Town Within Me, February 1988"
  • 09. "The Beginning of Failure, February 1988"
  • 10. "Christmas Tree, February 1988"
  • 11. "Repeated Scene, February 1988"
  • 12. "Birthday Party, March 1988"
3 December 2, 2013[16] ISBN 978-4-04-120911-0 June 20, 2017[17] ISBN 978-0-316-46844-2
  • 13. "Whiteout, March 1988"
  • 14. "Under Siege, May 2006"
  • 15. "I Want to Believe, May 2006"
  • 16. "Mother, May 2006"
  • 17. "Slight Clue, May 2006"
  • 18. "Time for Farewell, May 2006"
4 June 3, 2014[18] ISBN 978-4-04-101742-5 June 20, 2017[17] ISBN 978-0-316-46844-2
  • 19. "Last Chance, February 1988"
  • 20. "Superhero, February 1988"
  • 21. "Hiding Place, March 1988"
  • 22. "Refuge, March 1988"
  • 23. "Going Outside the Loop, March 1988"
  • 24. "Mother and Mother, March 1988"
5 December 28, 2014[19] ISBN 978-4-04-101743-2 November 7, 2017[20] ISBN 978-0-316-46845-9
  • 25. "'Back Then' Doesn't Exist Anymore, March 1988"
  • 26. "Miscarriage of Justice, March 1988"
  • 27. "Abduction, March 1988"
  • 28. "Welcome Home, March 1988"
  • 29. "I'll Be Right Beside You, March 1988"
  • 30. "Hunch, March 1988"
6 June 5, 2015[21] ISBN 978-4-04-103134-6 November 7, 2017[20] ISBN 978-0-316-46845-9
  • 31. "Defeat, March 1988"
  • 32. "The Spider's Thread, October 1971 – April 1987"
  • 33. "Waking, August 2003"
  • 34. "The Locked Door, August 2003 – February 2004"
  • 35. "The Key, April 2004"
7 December 25, 2015[22] ISBN 978-4-04-103675-4 April 10, 2018[23] ISBN 978-0-316-46846-6
8 April 27, 2016[24] ISBN 978-4-04-103915-1 April 10, 2018[23] ISBN 978-0-316-46846-6

AnimeEdit

An anime television adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures aired on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block between January 8, 2016 and March 25, 2016 and was simulcast on Crunchyroll, Daisuki, Funimation and AnimeLab.[25] The series was directed by Tomohiko Itō and written by Taku Kishimoto, with character design by Keigo Sasaki. The opening theme is "Re:Re:" by Asian Kung-Fu Generation while the ending theme is "Sore wa Chiisana Hikari no Youna" (それは小さな光のような, It's Like a Small Light) by Sayuri.[26] The series is licensed in North America by Aniplex of America, in Australia by Madman Entertainment, and in the United Kingdom by Anime Limited.[27][28] A dub in English was announced.[29] The series was simulcast in certain countries in Southeast Asia with English subtitles on Aniplus Asia and is available to stream on Iflix in Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Brunei with English subtitles.[30]

Episode listEdit

No. Title Director Writer Original air date Ref.
1 "Flashing Before My Eyes"
"Sōmatō" (走馬灯) 
Tomohiko Itō Taku Kishimoto January 8, 2016 [31]
In the year 2006, Satoru Fujinuma is a 29-year-old manga artist who occasionally experiences a phenomenon he refers to as "Revival", in which he is sent back in time by a few seconds, allowing him to perform life-saving feats. He uses this to save a boy from a runaway truck, whose driver had died from a heart attack, though becomes hospitalized for a few days as a result. As his co-worker, Airi Katagiri, praises Satoru for his life-saving efforts, Satoru is visited by his mother, Sachiko, who reminds him of an incident 18 years ago in which an adult named Jun Shiratori, who Satoru had trusted, was arrested for the kidnapping and murder of some of his classmates. The next day, as Satoru experiences another Revival phenomenom, Sachiko takes note of a man who seemed to be trying to kidnap a child. Looking into the matter, Sachiko deduces that the man was the true killer from 18 years ago, but before she can inform Satoru, she is killed in Satoru's home. Just as Satoru discovers Sachiko's body and is accused of killing her, his Revival sends him all the way back to 1988, when he was still an 11-year-old elementary school student. 
2 "Palm of the Hand"
"Tenohira" (掌) 
Toshimasa Ishii Taku Kishimoto January 15, 2016 [32]
As Satoru becomes bewildered with the situation he's been put in, he finds comfort in being able to see his mother again. Realising being sent to this period by Revival is connected to Sachiko's future murder, Satoru takes notice of Kayo Hinazuki, one of his classmates who was killed by the serial kidnapper, noticing a bruise on her leg. Upon the suggestion of his friend Kenya Kobayashi, Satoru reads an essay written by Kayo, which further hints at her troubled life at home. Wanting to understand Kayo more, Satoru decides to invite her to his birthday party, hoping to change the future so that she won't be killed. 
3 "Birthmark"
"Aza" (痣) 
Takahiro Shikama Yutaka Yasunaga January 22, 2016 [33]
During an ice skating race against a classmate, Satoru holds back from winning to avoid inadvertently trying to change the future, angering the classmate and disappointing Kayo. After learning that Kayo's birthday is on the same day as his, March 2, Satoru deduces that she will be abducted on March 1, as the abduction was in March but before her birthday. Satoru spends some time with Jun, still convinced that he is not the kidnapper. Afterwards, Satoru finds Kayo beaten up in her home's shed, learning of the full nature of her abusive relationship with her mother, Akemi. The next day, Satoru speaks with his teacher, Gaku Yashiro, who explains how he has suspected Akemi of abuse for almost a year but hasn't been able to find proof to convict her. Later, Satoru stands up for Kayo when she is accused of stealing lunch money, before taking her up a mountain to show her a frost-laden "Christmas" tree. 
4 "Accomplishment"
"Tassei" (達成) 
Shinya Watada Taku Kishimoto January 29, 2016 [34]
With help from Sachiko, Satoru manages to invite Kayo out with her to the local science center. During the outing, Satoru feels a sense of déjà vu, becoming worried that he's repeating the same things. After March 1st, the day Kayo originally disappeared, passes without incident, both Satoru and Kayo are able to celebrate their birthday the next day, with Satoru confident he has managed to change history. The day afterwards, however, Satoru is shocked to find Kayo hasn't come to school. 
5 "Getaway"
"Tōbō" (逃亡) 
Makoto Hoshino Taku Kishimoto February 5, 2016 [35]
As Satoru becomes angry that he wasn't able to make a difference about Kayo's disappearance, another schoolgirl goes missing several days later. After witnessing Akemi throw out Kayo's belongings, Satoru suddenly finds himself back in 2006, still under suspicion of Sachiko's murder and forced to go on the run from the police. Satoru soon comes across Airi, who believes him to be innocent and lets him stay at her house, where he learns the details of Kayo's disappearance did change slightly because of his actions. The next day, as Satoru investigates as much as he can, Airi stops her manager from reporting Satoru to the police. Later that night, after helping Satoru hide elsewhere, Airi receives a text from Sachiko's phone before becoming trapped in a house fire. 
6 "Grim Reaper"
"Shinigami" (死神) 
Daiki Mori Taku Kishimoto February 12, 2016 [36]
Coming across the burning house, Satoru rushes in to rescue Airi, who slips her phone into his pocket before the manager takes over the rescue. Finding the message left on Airi's phone, Satoru calls a number that Sachiko had left behind, arranging a meeting with a journalist acquaintance of hers named Sawada. Sawada tells Satoru about the last phone call he received from Sachiko, in which she claimed to know who the true kidnapper was but was unable to tell him before she was killed. He also explains the reported details surrounding Kayo's death, noticing Jun's framing matches with another kidnapping incident in a nearby town and deducing the true kidnapper was the one who killed Sachiko. While Satoru looks up Sawada's findings on the kidnapping incident, including a list of previous suspects, Sawada goes to the hospital to meet with Airi, only to discover that her mother has swapped places with her so she can prove Satoru's innocence. Airi meets with Satoru, informing him of a mysterious man named Nishizono who may have been responsible for the fire, but police arrive and arrest Satoru. As he is taken away, Satoru spots the man he saw leaving his apartment on the night of Sachiko's murder. 
7 "Out of Control"
"Bōsō" (暴走) 
Toshimasa Ishii Yutaka Yasunaga February 19, 2016 [37]
Determined not to let things end the way it is, Satoru successfully triggers his Revival through sheer willpower, returning him to February 28th, 1988. During school the next day, Kenya confronts Satoru about Kayo's situation at home, admitting that he's known for a while now about the domestic violence, and offers his assistance. Following the birthday party on March 2nd, Satoru throws a rock through Jun's window to bring about the police, providing Jun with an alibi for his whereabouts. Afterwards, Satoru seeks out Akemi and comes close to pushing her down some stairs, but is stopped by Kenya, who convinces him to choose a different course of action. Instead, Satoru decides to 'abduct' Kayo with her permission, taking her to an abandoned bus to hide out for a few days until she is confirmed to be safe. On the night of March 3rd however, an unknown character enters the bus while Kayo is sleeping. 
8 "Spiral"
"Rasen" (螺旋) 
Kosaya Yutaka Yasunaga February 26, 2016 [38]
Kayo manages to hide from the intruder who exits the bus, leaving behind a footprint on a box he kicked. The next evening, as Yashiro goes with some people from the Child Consultation Center to investigate Kayo's house, Kayo tells Satoru and the others about the previous night's intruder. Looking into a rucksack that was left behind, they find tools that Satoru recognises as the ones used to implicate Jun for Kayo's murder, as well as a briquette presumed to belong to the killer. Realizing he is still stuck in the loop of abduction murders, Satoru takes Kayo to spend the night at his house, where Sachiko had been expecting them. The next day, Satoru and Sachiko accompany Kayo back to her house to confront Akemi. 
9 "Closure"
"Shūmaku" (終幕) 
Tomohiko Itō Taku Kishimoto March 4, 2016 [39]
As Akemi reacts violently to the accusations of Satoru and Sachiko, she is caught red-handed by Yashiro and the consultants, who suggest that Kayo be taken into custody. Just as Akemi prepares to storm off to the police, she is approached by her estranged mother, who regrets not being able to support her after having her divorce her abusive husband and raise Kayo on her own, leading Akemi to lament her own actions. With Kayo going off to live with her grandmother, Satoru turns his attention towards the other two potential victims; Hiromi Sugita, his classmate, and Aya Nakanishi, a student from the neighboring school. While keeping a watch on both Hiromi and Aya, Satoru discovers a stash of candy in Yashiro's car when being given a ride home by him. Later, Satoru goes with Kenya and Hiromi to inspect the bus, the contents of which have now been removed. 
10 "Joy"
"Kanki" (歓喜) 
Takahiro Shikama Taku Kishimoto March 11, 2016 [40]
Satoru and his friends approach Aya who, despite some initial resistance, starts joining them at their hideout. Later, Satoru starts to keep an eye on Misato Yanagihara, who has been by herself since being accused of framing Kayo, and who seemingly disappears after going to the bathroom. Noticing a truck belonging to Jun's family leaving the scene, Satoru goes with Yashiro to chase after it, only to discover that Yashiro himself is the killer, who had used Misato to lure him into a trap. Realising that Satoru was the one thwarting his plans, Yashiro traps him in his car, which he sends into a frozen lake. 
11 "Future"
"Mirai" (未来) 
Makoto Hoshino Taku Kishimoto March 18, 2016 [41]
Satoru wakes up in the year 2003, having been in a coma for fifteen years following Yashiro's attempt to kill him, and discovers that he has lost most of his memories, including the killer's identity. While undergoing rehab, Satoru is visited by his Kenya and Hiromi, as well as Kayo, who has grown up to become a housewife with a child. Later, he meets a leukemia patient named Kumi, who is to undergo surgery, as well as Yashiro himself, who has become a politician. Two days before Kumi's surgery, Yashiro brings Satoru to the rooftop, where Satoru reveals that he has regained his memories. 
12 "Treasure"
"Takaramono" (宝物) 
Toshimasa Ishii Taku Kishimoto March 25, 2016 [42]
Having regained his memories after talking with Kayo, Satoru tells Kenya and Hiromi what he knows before confronting Yashiro. Boasting that his past crimes have already passed the statute of limitations, Yashiro reveals he has arranged to kill Kumi with a sabotaged IV drip and frame Satoru, plotting to murder him to look like suicide. However, Satoru calls Yashiro's bluff, stating that Yashiro can't live without him, which is proven when Yashiro stops him from rolling his wheelchair off the roof. Realising this to be true and letting Satoru drop, Yashiro prepares to commit suicide himself only to discover that Satoru has been safely caught by his friends, after which Yashiro is finally arrested. Several years later, Satoru becomes a successful manga artist and encounters Airi once more under the same bridge where they earlier met and parted ways during his "last revival". 

Live-action adaptionsEdit

A live-action film adaptation of Boku Dake ga Inai Machi featuring Tatsuya Fujiwara as Satoru Fujinuma debuted in cinemas throughout Japan on March 19, 2016. The theme song is "Hear ~Shinjiaeta Akashi~" (Hear 〜信じあえた証〜, lit. Hear ~A proof that you could trust~) by Chise Kanna.[43]

Netflix announced in March 2017 a live action adaptation of the manga series, co-created with Kansai TV. Season 1 of the Netflix Original series was released worldwide on December 15, 2017. The live action web-drama is set to cover the manga fully, and not deviate from the source material, like the anime and live-action film.[5] The drama stars Yuki Furukawa as 29-year-old Satoru Fujinuma, Reo Uchikawa as Satoru as a child, and Mio Yuki as Airi.[8]

NovelEdit

A spin-off novel titled Boku Dake ga Inai Machi: Another Record, written by Hajime Ninomae, was serialized in Kadokawa's monthly digital novel magazine Bungei Kadokawa from November 2015 to March 2016.[44] A volume collecting the chapters was released on March 30, 2016.[45]

ReceptionEdit

Volume 4 reached the 12th place on the weekly Oricon manga chart[46] and, as of June 15, 2014, has sold 73,983 copies.[47]

The manga was number sixteen on the 2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey.[48] It was nominated for the 18th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Reader Award.[49] It was also nominated for the 7th Manga Taishō, receiving 82 points and placing 2nd among the ten nominees.[50] It is nominated for the 8th Manga Taishō.[51]

The staff at manga-news.com gave the French edition a grade of 17.33 out of 20.[4] On Manga Sanctuary one of the staff members gave it an 8 out of 10.[52]

ReferencesEdit

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